Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Haven’t Read — YET — From 5-Star Authors!

Top Ten Tuesday #34

Evening, book nerds! 

That’s right! Today’s a two-for-one special: two posts in one day! *Inserts fanfare* Cheers aside, this post was intentionally delayed out of fear to give me extra time to gather some courage. Because in just a few short paragraphs I’m about to be shamed so hard. SO HARD. Like full levels of exposure, y’all! I ask that you give me a 10-minute head start before you follow me with your pitchforks!


The reason for this fear? The shame? Well it’s really because of TOP TEN TUESDAY!Hosted by Jana at ThatArtsyReaderGirl, this week’s topic is devoted to “Books By My Favorite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read.” Now any self-respecting bookworm is going to have a TBR that’s taller than they are, however, most of us make our favorites a priority. And in these 10 circumstances, I’m failing marvelously. You see, my list is not only comprised of authors who have received at minimum one 5-Star rating from me, but also of titles that I OWN…and haven’t read…YET! Are you starting to understand the shame comments?? Either way, hopefully you’re in a forgiving — and supportive mood — to check out my list of TOP TEN BOOKS I HAVEN’T READ — YET — FROM 5-STAR AUTHORS!


1) Without Merit & All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover b1.jpg

Okay we’re starting things off light and easy. I’ve been a longstanding CoHort and have read more than 10 of her previous sobfests novels. Her two most recent titles haven’t been consumed yet, but with CoHo novels it’s a matter of “when” not “if.”

2) The Darkest Part of the Forest & The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Blackb2

I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t read much by Holly Black. However, between meeting the Fae Queen herself and the pure amount of hours I’ve spent trying (and failing) to secure an advanced copy of The Wicked King earns her a spot on this list. I know some people prefer her earlier works, so I can’t wait to see for myself.

3) Midnight Rescue & The Chase by Elle Kennedy  b3

I’m a big fan of Elle Kennedy. Not only did I devour the Off-Campus series, but I’ve also read most of her co-author collections (as Erin Watt & w/ Sarina Bowen). So you can understand my frustration (especially for the latter title) that these remain on my TBR list. I’m hoping by broadcasting these it’ll force me to get to them sooner than later.

4) Making Faces, The Song of David, & A Different Blue by Amy Harmonb4

Harmon has a poetic and distinctive writing style that always blows me away by the end of her novels. I’m certain I’ll cherish this trio of titles (they average 4.33 Stars on Goodreads) and I hope to get to at least one of them by the end of this year.

5) I’ll Meet You There and Something Real by Heather Demetrios b5

I read Bad Romance last year and fell in love. After falling so hard for the MC and learning so much from her emotional and traumatic journey, I knew I needed more Demetrios in my life. I quickly ordered these two titles for my home library — and unfortunately — they’ve stayed shelf-bound ever since. Again, I’m hoping this list serves as a catalyst to get these books the TLC they deserve!

This next round…it’s going to start to hurt…

6) Godsgrave, Gemina, Obsidio, & Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff b6

I know what you’re thinking. I do. You’re thinking HOW DARE I call myself a Kristoff fan when so many of his beloved reads are lurking around in the shadows of my TBR. Trust me it hurts me more because I’ve 5-Starred everything I’ve read by him. In fact, I’m contemplating ditching this post to go start one of these now…

7) Starry Eyes & The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennettb7

…Obviously I wouldn’t leave you hanging, but after that major revelation, let’s bring it back to the lighthearted contemporary realm where Bennett resides. I adored Alex, Approximately when I read it earlier this year and felt compelled to insta-add her other novels. I’m super annoyed I forgot about these titles when making my #ContemporaryAThon TBR, because two birds, you know, but oh well just have to make room for them now!

8) Throne of Glass series (Books 1-4) & A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maasb8

Out of the gate I can sense your judgement. And I have no excuses. I simply don’t know what to tell you. It’s one thing to have never started a series as is the case with ToG, but it’s another thing entirely to pre-order a bridge novella and then forget about it…completely. Maybe it’s because the early reviews were so polarizing, but for as much as I love my Night Court, I’m ashamed to see my babies on this list.

9) In The Company of Killers series (Books 2-5) & Everything Under The Sun J.A. Redmerski b9

I read and loved three J.A. novels, back-to-back in 2016, and that prompted me to mass order the entire Killers series — or at least the ones that had been published by that point. And despite the fact that this is one of my most lent-out series, I personally have never returned to them. But every time I see their stunning covers I convince myself they’ll wiggle into that month’s selected reading. Maybe October will finally seal the deal?

10) Wonder Woman: Warbringer, The Language of Thorns, & Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo b10

If you’ve remained judgement-free thus far (thank you!), I’m certain this will be the one that breaks you. I can envision you sitting at home, seeing this picture and sense the moment when your eyes scan from left to right and land on the motherload. The duology that launched a thousand fandoms. 😉 It’s a straight-up blessing that the story hasn’t been spoiled for me after all this time and I know I’m tempting fate the longer I wait to return to Ketterdam.


*Let’s out a deep sigh* Okay, guys! Hopefully we can still be friends now that you know my not-so-secret shame. Am I alone in all of these? Did I share any titles or authors with you this week? Please feel free to let me know below AND tell me which title I should pick up tonight!

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25 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Haven’t Read — YET — From 5-Star Authors!

    • Nerd Narration says:

      ❤ I'm so excited for you!!! I loved Illuminae. I'd never read anything like it with the crazy text selections and graphics. I checked out the audiobook from my library and followed along with the physical copy because the audio is done with a full cast and TOTALLY worth your time imo. Happy reading!!

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  1. Rae says:

    Amy Harmon is a favorite author of mine as well! I was debating whether or not to put her on my list, but I’m pretty sure I ran out of room!! lol I’ve heard such good things about Making Faces though and I also love her writing, so that one is definitely a must read at some point! Good luck on your list! And I hope you love them all!!! 🙂

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  2. Beware Of The Reader says:

    OMG we could be book twins! I began reading Jay Kristoff with Lifel1k3 and now I have to read all the others! Heather Demetrios was a fantastic discovery with I’ll Meet you There and now I need to read all her books! Add to it JA redemerski and these two Colleen Hoover that I still need to read too! I read these Holly Black and loved them!

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    • Nerd Narration says:

      Oh my goodness! It definitely sounds like I’ve found a fellow book twin!! So many authors and books in common!! ❤
      Jay is great. I started Godsgrave last night after this post because I couldn't handle it lol! And I'm hoping to get to the rest of these soon! I hope you get to Bad Romance by Demetrios, because I think it's such an important (albeit potentially triggering) read, and wish us luck on CoHo & JA's novels! Thanks for the follow. Followed back.

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